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Suggestions? 80th Bday Dinner 10-15 Budget Conscious

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Hi Atlanta chows,

This is kind of a strange request - I'm not familiar with Atlanta and y'all hopefully know exactly where I should go.

My boyfriend's father will be turning 80 and my boyfriend and his sister- both on a budget- will treat dad to a celebration dinner. The dad has very bland food tastes- nothing ethnic or spicy, too modern, or gourmet. Grilled fish and french fries and rice is his ideal meal. Probably nobody in the party other than me will be a foodie, so environment and cost are actually most important factors. I know a pleasant, moderately elegant atmosphere would suit his tastes and make him feel special. They live in Dacula but the dinner could be in Atlanta proper. His grandchildren and possibly step-grandchildren would be among the group (2-4 kids ages 4-7), so kid friendly as well.

Because of the budget concerns, I thought possibly BYOB or BYOC (cake) would help with the cost.-- not sure if that is possible though.

Thanks for any suggestions!!!!

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  1. Check out Mary Mac's. It's not a foodie's paradise, but it's solid southern food. Plus, old people love this place!

    1. Funny, I thought of Mary Mac, too! I don't know if you consider Italian-American ethnic, but we've had large family gatherings at Maggiano's. The atmosphere is very festive with huge servings for sharing. It is a Chicago chain, but the food pleases everyone.

      1. I was just at a 70th birthday party at Maggiano's. They label your party room with the party name which made us feel special. I have to say it was very nice, even though I'm not a huge fan of their food. It might be pricey, though.

        We had a bday part recently in one of the Hudson Grille party rooms. The food is a little above average bar food, but the atmosphere is good, especially in their party room. It would be cheaper than Maggiano's. The Sandy Springs or Midtown might work for you. http://www.metrocafes.com/hudsongrill...

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        1. re: catherp

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-willow-i...
          heres a very good spot not far from dacula--we had a car club event there for 40 people and it was fine